Irene Veronica (Fasching) Otto, age 93, of Winsted, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.
She was born Aug. 31, 1923, to Joseph and Appolonia (Stifter) Fasching on the home farm in Winsted Township.
Irene was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, and attended Holy Trinity School.
She was joined in holy matrimony to Benedict Otto May 20, 1947, and they lived at the Otto farm until March 1954, when they moved to their present farm.
Benedict died July 8, 1990.
Ten children were born to their marriage: Patricia Marquardt, Judy (Bruce) Hoese, Jane Otto, Marcella (Richard) Schuetze, Alan (Sandy) Otto, Carol Otto, Steven Otto, Elaine (Kent) Adams, Wendy (Justin) Paulson and Helen (Kurt) Brenny; 17 grandchildren: David (Julie) Marquardt, Jenny (Matt) Danielson, Ryan (Melissa) Marquardt, Aaron Hoese, Brenda (Reid) Nimmer, Britt (Joel) Piekarski, Kate (Ryan) Sibernagel, Alaina Otto, Jake Otto, Michaela Otto, Joe Otto, Seth (Jessica) Adams, Brooke Adams, Mara Paulson, Beth (Ben) Mortenson, Travis Brenny and Andrea Brenny; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Her death is also mourned by her sisters and brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Irene Fasching, Anne Fasching, John Fasching, Grace and Jim Nolan, Rosemarie and Sylvester Mallak, Linda and Gary Rhuland, and Lorraine Otto.
In addition to her husband, Benedict, Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Appolonia Fasching; her late husband’s parents, Albert and Mary Otto; and her granddaughters, Anne Marie and Juliana Otto.
She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters and their spouses: Englebert and Irene Fasching, Fintan Fasching, Clarina and Don McInnes, Marietta and Florian Nowak, Joseph Fasching, Edward Fasching, Bernadine Fasching, Luella and Chester Kaczmarek, Aris Brown and her in-laws Charles and Cecilia Corr, Margaret and Ted Lee, Hildegard and Delbert York, Eleanor and Edmund Richter, George and Kate Otto, John and Betty Otto, Henry and Eileen Otto, and William Otto; and by a son-in-law, Rodney Marquardt.
Irene was a life-long member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, a member of CCW (Council of Catholic Women), Holy Family Society, St. Anne Society, Holy Trinity Bible Study, and the Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed working for their many activities.
She was also involved in the Home Extension Group II for Winsted Township, and served as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Care Center, and at Holy Trinity Schools.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with Father Paul Schumacher and Father Mark Mallak as the concelebrants. Sandy Otto and her mother, Norma Kuehn were vocalists.Interment was at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
There was visitation Thursday, June 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a CCW Rosary at 5 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers were David Marquardt, Brenda Nimmer, Britt Peikarski, Alaina Otto, Seth Adams, Mara Paulson, and Travis Brenny.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.